New Milford Graduate Hiking from Coast to Coast for Climate Change
27-year-old Hannah Bacon, a 2011 graduate of New Milford High School, has set her sights on walking 3,000 miles to raise awareness and raise money for climate action.
Bacon, who now lives in Santa Cruz, began her solo trek on November 21 at 4:15 am from the San Clemente State Beach. According to the Newstimes, she's already walked over 300 miles over southern California's mountain ranges and into Arizona.
Even though Hannah is walking alone, she has picked up followers and supporters along the way. Her motivation has come from the David Wallace-Wells book, "The Uninhabitable Earth". Hannah explained why she felt this walk was so important:
We need immediate, systemic changes to move towards renewable energy, provide green jobs, and prepare our communities for an increase in climate disasters.
Hannah, along with some of her friends, spent a month laying out plans for her journey. She launched www.milesforclimate.org and has already raised $9,000 through her GoFundMe campaign to support www.SunriseMovement.org.
On November 25, 2019, the Pew Research Center released its findings regarding the public's climate and energy views. Overall, 77% of Americans agree that the more important energy priority should be developing—alternative energy sources.
Wildfires in California, extreme weather patterns, and the melting of the polar ice caps are the results of climate change, according to amnh.org. Air pollution kills approximately seven million people worldwide every year, according to the World Health Organization. If you would like to help Hannah Bacon raise awareness and money to combat climate change, click on GoFundMe.com.